Tips for Booking Close-in Airline Awards

Booking very close-in travel within 21 days or less of departure is a situation when airline miles can really shine, as close-in ticket prices are often very high. With some programs, the close-in mileage prices and award availability can be more than fair. An airline may not want to train customers to wait until the last minute to get airfare deals on cash, but they are often willing to let the seats that otherwise would have gone unsold become available…

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Use Amex Points for Hamilton Tickets in Los Angeles and More!

Amex Membership Rewards has launched a number of limited time special experiences that you can access using Membership Reward points from cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card. These special offers are available on this site from August 10 – September 28, 2017, and include things like a private helicopter tour of the Hudson Valley, private wine tour and tasting, private golf lessons, time with a pro quarterback, sailing on the Chicago River, and even…

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Get Free Airport Restaurant Meals With Priority Pass Select

One of the perks of premium rewards credit cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards is included membership in the Priority Pass Select lounge network. You need to activate this membership once you get those credit cards, but then you can access over 1,000 lounges around the world including the KLM Crown Lounge and Air France Lounge in Houston, The Club at MCO in Orlando, Mera Business Lounge in Cancun, Club Mobay in Jamaica, Alaska Airlines Board Room Lounge located in several cities, and the Plaza Premium Lounge in…

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Earn 10x Chase Points at Walmart.com This Month

Six more days. Y’all, school officially starts here in six more days. Not just meet the teacher or orientation night or whatever, but an actual real school day with a 7:10AM bus pick-up is in just six days. I have mixed feelings about this return of pre-dawn wake-ups, evening homework battles, never ending paperwork, daily lunch kit packing, the onslaught of extra-curricular activities, second grade best friend drama, and more, though the idea of getting back on a regular schedule…

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How to Swim in the Park Hyatt New York Pool for Less

Here in East Texas we almost take for granted the relatively easy access to swimming pools we enjoy since they are almost standard issue in many nicer homes and even neighborhood associations. Even if you don’t have one, you may know someone with access to one, or you can always go to a local YMCA or city pool for a pretty low price. We don’t have our own pool, but we still manage to swim several times per week during the…

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Save 50% of Your Points at Select Popular IHG Resorts

A couple of times per year IHG has been having some crazy sales where it only costs half the normal number of IHG points per night to stay at popular hotels and resorts in Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. If you are able to book an IHG property during one of those sales you can seriously stretch your points to the max, and right now they are again offering 50% off the award price at select properties in Aruba,…

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New IHG Fall Accelerate Promo: Potentially Lots of Bonus IHG Points!

These days IHG actually has more interesting bonus points promos than most programs since they somewhat tailor the offers to individual accounts, and they aren’t just run of the mill stay X nights, get X bonus points offers. Instead, they have several different tasks that earn bonuses, and if you do enough of the tasks you can trigger larger points bonuses, so it is a little more fun… at least for those who have brains wired for a little miles…

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Earn a Free Wyndham Rewards Night With Two Eligible Stays!

I think the most undervalued hotel loyalty program out there today might be Wyndham Rewards. Now, I understand why their reputation isn’t the best since some of their properties are sort of underwhelming and they have made big unannounced award chart changes in the past. That said, over the last couple of years they have had a flat rate system where all award nights are 15,000 points per night…and they actually have some pretty great properties (in addition to the…

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How to Save Money on Broadway Tickets

My oldest daughter has started gravitating towards performing. Actually I guess this is not really a recent development, as she has always been one to go for the spotlight of a room. Not only does she go for it, she often legitimately earns it. Last summer to give her something free to do for a week when school was out I signed her up for the church’s summer children’s theater program. I thought they would just learn and sing some songs together…

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Airline Miles Make the Abnormal Normal

Over the weekend I had the privilege of hanging out at the Hyatt Place Houston Galleria with fellow Houston miles and points travel junkies thanks to an Award Travel 101 Facebook Group meet-up. Richard Kerr, who runs that group, told a few travel stories and did a short presentation on award chart sweet spots, and I got to primarily just hang out meet fellow Houston travelers while chatting about upcoming trips. As always, meeting other travelers and sharing stories face to…

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